NBA players selected in the first round of the 2010 draft are eligible for contract extensions this offseason, which means budding stars like John Wall could sign deals that set them for life in the next few weeks. We took a look at players who got their contracts extended in the last decade while still on their rookie deals and found a few nuggets:
– Out of 294 first-round picks between 2000 and 2009, only 72 (24.4 percent) received extensions before their rookie contracts expired.
– Players selected with the No. 27 pick saw their contracts extended more often than No. 2 picks.
– Only two No. 2 picks – Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge – signed extensions in the last 10 years.
– Half the first-rounders of the highly acclaimed 2003 draft class received extensions while still on their rookie deals – including picks No. 27, 28 and 29. Darko Milicic was the lone Top 8 choice not to get one.
Pictured: Players selected in the first round between 2000 and 2009 that saw their contracts extended before their rookie deals came to an end.